Step Two – Friendships – The Absurd Adventures Of Li Bai And His Magic Bottle

Step Two – Friendships – The Absurd Adventures Of Li Bai And His Magic Bottle

Li Bai had been walking all day without meeting any other wayfarers, dusk was approaching, so he decided to camp where he was for the night. Looking around, he found a small cave in the rocks, well it was more of a grotto than a cave, but it gave shelter from the wind. Taking off his backpack and placing his bamboo box next to it, along with his staff. ‘I will just have one mouthful from my magic bottle, before I gather some kindling.’ He muttered to himself. So raising the bottle he swallowed deeply.

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Introduction: The Pointless Journey – The Absurd Adventures Of Li Bai And His Magic Bottle

Introduction: The Absurd Adventures Of Li Bai And His Magic Bottle

‘What is that pretty bottle?’ asked my daughters friend, one evening last winter, whilst we were all sitting around the log fire. My daughter and her friend were enjoying a glass of shandy, lounging on the sofa, my wife was sitting opposite me in the easy chair, sipping a vodka and coke, whilst I had a dram of my favourite tipple. It was all warm and cosy there in the living room, but outside, the snow was falling fast and thick, driven by a ice cold wind that was whistling a mournful dirge.

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Chinese Baijiu Health Benefits? V.I.P Jiu 8 And Gamma-Terpinene

Chinese Baijiu Health Benefits? V.I.P Jiu 8 And Gamma-Terpinene

What is Gamma-terpinene?

Gamma-terpinene is most pertinent in citrus fruits, though it is also found in various essential oils and spices such as coriander oil, cumin oil and celery oil it is also present in grapes, cinnamon, cloves, cumin seed, ginger, pepper and tea. The primary purpose of this ingredient is to add a refreshing, spicy flavour and scent, making it popular in tea. It also has numerous health benefits.

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Ancient Chinese Musical Instruments

Ancient Chinese Musical Instruments
Ancient Chinese Musical Instruments

Over three thousand years ago the Chinese had about seventy types of musical instruments, they believe that music can purify the mind. Large instruments like the bronze chimes gave way to wind and reed instruments. The Tang dynasty was the golden age for musical development.

The Xun is one of the oldest musical instruments in China, a globular flute like instrument, it was first made from baked clay or bone, it is egg shaped, with at least three finger holes in the front and two thumb holes in the back, it has a blow hole on top. It comes in different sizes and is at least seven thousands years old.

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The Silk Road

The Silk Road
The Silk Road

Silk originated in China in the Yangshao culture 4th millennium BC. The oldest silk found in China has been dated to to c. 3630 BC. This silk was found in the Henan province, an area regarded as the cradle of Chinese civilization. The origins of silk production and weaving are interwoven in legends.

According to Chinese myths, sericulture or silk farming and weaving of silk cloth was discovered by Lady Hsi Ling Shih, wife of the Yellow emperor Huangdi. It is said she was having tea under a mulberry tree, when a silkworm cocoon fell into her cup, she watched the strands unravel from the cocoon and realised it could be used to make cloth, it was discovered that it took 1000 yards of thread for the silkworm to make one cocoon. She taught the people how to raise silkworms and she even invented the loom.

So an industry arose and became a important feature in the rural Chinese economy. It is thought that silk was exported along the silk road by around c 400 BC. The silk road derived its name from the lucrative trade in silk carried out along its length. For silk had became highly sought after and so the different dynasty’s kept the method of silk production a secret for a further thousand years. Anyone found smuggling silkworm eggs, cocoons or mulberry seeds was executed.

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